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 the goods

2 eggs
4 oz butter
6 oz sugar
8 oz plain flour
2 tspns baking powder
1/4 cup cocoa
2/3 cup buttermilk (or 2/3 cup milk with 1 tspn lemon juice)
3oz caramel chocolates (rolos. caramello bar etc...)

2 oz butter
1 cup confectioners sugar
1/4 cup sour cream
1 cup butterscotch chips


time: 1 hr

you will need:

  • electric beaters
  • mixing bowl
  • 8 inch oven pan
  • baking parchment



2-4-6-8 chocolate caramel cake

My friend, Dee, called the other day and said, 'Do you remember that chocolate rolo cake you dreamt up when we were all living in London?

I can't sleep in. If I sleep past breakfast time, I dream about food. This cake was dreamt up that way one bleak Sunday back in 1993. Folks used to drop by my place on a Sunday afternoon. If it was sunny, we would head to the gardens for a picnic or a stroll, if it was rainy I would bake a cake or a batch of scones and we would have an afternoon tea in my tiny, basement apartment in Kensington.

Of course, being London, it was rainy or cold more often than not and we could easily wind up with a dozen broke twentysomethings sipping tea and buttering scones. It was like something out of 'Winnie the Pooh', only with Christopher Isherwood instead of Christopher Robin.

Dee was there for all of it.

This cake is easy, sweet and the frosting is crazy-naughty. I like to serve it heated a little so that the frosting undulates and a dollop of whipped cream never seems out of place.

preheat the oven to 375f

beat the butter in a mixing bowl

add the sugar and beat until combined

add the eggs one at a time

measure the flour, add the baking powder and cocoa and then pour into the bowl and beat to combine

add the buttermilk / soured milk and beat to combine

pour the cake batter into a greased and lined pan

stud the batter with the chopped chocolate caramels

bake about 40 mins


beat the butter in a mixing bowl until pale

add the confectioners sugar and combine

add the sour cream and combine

add the melted butterscotch chips and beat 2 minutes

spread frosting over top of cake